Wilson seemed to imply that his stint in Yankees spring training may last longer than the couple-hour cameos he has made with the Rangers.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will turn in his football helmet for a baseball hat next week.
But it won’t be for just a day, as was the case when he took part in a few drills with the Texas Rangers in 2014 and 2015.
Instead, Wilson will spend all of next week with the Yankees at their spring training base in Tampa, beginning Monday.
Wilson first revealed the news of his date of Yankees arrival in a Tweet Thursday, also noting that he will wear No. 73.
In the tweeted video, Wilson says he’s “going to have some fun for that week” and ESPN later reported that Wilson will be with the Yankees for six days before departing on March 3, but that he won’t play in any games.
Wilson’s rights were traded from Texas to New York earlier this month. Texas had claimed his rights in the Rule 5 Free Agent draft after Wilson had spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons playing in Class A leagues with the Colorado Rockies, who had drafted him out of North Carolina State. The Rangers then traded Wilson to the Yankees earlier this month for “future considerations.”
In the short video on the tweet, Wilson talks of throwing passes to Yankees slugger Aaron Judge — who got offers out of high school to play receiver from the likes of Notre Dame and Stanford — and having a home run derby with Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.
Wilson concludes the video by instructing the Yankees to “go win a World Series. Why not?”
Among those asking why not might be Seattle Mariners fans.
But while Wilson’s continual toe-dipping into baseball may strike some as curious, Wilson isn’t changing careers anytime soon — he’ll be there when the Seahawks begin their official off-season program on April 16.
Wilson instead told ESPN that his time with the Yankees is simply a way to stay close to the other sport that was his passion along with football during his youth.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman told ESPN that New York players are looking forward to rubbing shoulders with Wilson for a while.
“After talking to a number of our players, there is a genuine excitement in having Russell join us for a short time in camp,” Cashman said. “We are all looking forward to gaining insight into how he leads teammates toward a common goal, prepares on a daily basis for the rigors of his sport and navigates the successes and failures of a season.”